Eric Wright returns, but will he play against Falcons?

Published: December 24th, 2012
By Bucs Beat Feed

Suspended Bucs cornerback Eric Wright has returned to the team and is eligible to return to the lineup for the season finale against the Falcons on Sunday.

But coach Greg Schiano said he isn’t certain if Wright will play and won’t be until he sees him perform in practice.

The Bucs are off today and Tuesday and won’t practice until Wednesday.

“He is back,” Schiano said. “Can’t tell you right now without getting on the field and seeing where he is and formulating a plan and all those things. I think he’ll be in shape. I just have to see what is the best thing for our football team. I’m not sure right now.”

Wright was suspended for four games for a violation of NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy after an unsuccessful appeal. He said he took the prescription drug Adderall for an undisclosed health issue he was experiencing.

The decision to play Wright, Schiano said, will boil down to his ability to acclimate himself to the game after a month away.

“I don’t think conditioning will be the issue,” Schiano said. “But being in good football shape and being in good cardio (shape) and change of direction shape, those are different.”